The Pelagic Industry Issues Group

The Seafish Pelagic Industry Issues Group (PIIG) is an amalgam of interested parties drawn together to develop consensus positions on a range of important issues affecting the UK pelagic industry.

The PIIG will also horizon scan and take a view on upcoming issues. Issues covered will typically include (but are not limited to) topics such as: TAC issues; pelagic fish stock status and environmental impact; market support, particularly export; efficiency and species security. The aim is to establish a baseline understanding of the underpinning principles and then to build as high a level of agreement as possible, particularly as this relates to responsible, sustainable sourcing of pelagic products.

Seafish facilitates, chairs and provides the secretariat for the group. Participants at the Pelagic Industry Issues Group meetings are representative of the catching, fishmeal, and primary and secondary processing sectors in the UK, as well as members of the scientific community who are qualified to comment on sustainability and environmental issues, particularly in the context of the pelagic fishery. NGO's, legislative and enforcement authorities and other organisations may be invited to attend meetings as required. The group membership is UK-wide.

The group is chaired by John Goodlad. John is Chair of the Seafish Domestic and Export Sector Panel, Chairman of the Board of Shetland Catch, and Chairman of the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group. 

The Pelagic Industry Issues Group Terms of Reference can be read here. Regular meetings are generally held once a year or as issues arise. The presentations and minutes are below. The last meeting was on Tuesday 18 October 2016 in Aberdeen. The next meeting is likely to be in autumn 2017.

For further information on the group please contact Malcolm Large or Karen Green.

For further information on pelagic species see: